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     Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories Personal Property Registry (PPR) provides access to register and search personal property security notices.

If you want full access to PPRS you will need to sign up for an ACOL client account. An account will provide you with one or more user IDs and passwords in order to login to PPRS. You can use an account to access the Northwest Territories PPR and all other ACOL PPRS jurisdictions.

If you do not have an account, you have three options:

  1. Use the Lien Check Service. Lien Check supports serial number searching only and requires a valid credit card.
  2. Pay a value-added service provider to access the PPR for you: find a value-added service provider to help you.
  3. Go to the Department of Justice Legal Registries office.  Click here for more information.

Note: For public access terminal located at the Legal Registries office in Yellowknife, registry staff are available for assistance and searches, but they will not enter information in the system on behalf of the client.

For all matters pertaining to ACOL PPRS please contact the Client Support Centre (CSC).  When required, CSC staff will refer your questions or concerns to an appropriate government contact person.

Government department or agency responsible for Northwest Territories PPR:Department of Justice
Legal Registries Division
Government PPR website:Northwest Territories government PPR website
Contact information:Northwest Territories government PPR website (see office location, hours and telephone numbers at the bottom of the page)
PPR Product Description:Northwest Territories PPR Product Description

The PPR Product Description is included by reference within the Terms and Conditions for access to ACOL PPRS. In addition to formally describing the service, it includes sections on Access Conditions, Limitation, Indemnity and Disclaimer.


The Northwest Territories Personal Property Security Act became effective 6 April 2001. The links below will take you to copies of the Act and Regulations on the Government of the Northwest Territories website:

Repealed Acts

  • Assignment of Book Debts Act
  • Bills of Sale Act
  • Conditional Sales Act
  • Corporation Securities Registration Act
  • Document Registry Act

The following fees are specified in detail in Part 13 of the Personal Property Security Regulations.




Registration of a financing statement

1 - 25 years

initial fee


plus for each year of the period

$9.00 per year



Renew a registration of a financing statement

1 - 25 years

initial fee


plus for each year of the period

$9.00 per year



Register or renew any other registration


Discharge a registration

No fee

Re-register a registration under subsection 35(7) of the Act


Amend a registration


Effect a global change of multiple registrations


Search the registry

$10.00 per search

 Effective date: 1 December 2019


For all PPRS-related news go to the PPRS News page.

For client application and account management forms go to ACOL PPRS Information Kit files.

Northwest Territories PPR Information GuideA three-page introduction to the service suitable for printing.
NT & NU PPR Newsletter - Feb 2001First of three newsletters published in 2001 by Northwest Territories and Nunavut when enacting the Personal Property Security Act and becoming available via ACOL PPRS.
NT & NU PPR Newsletter - Mar 2001Second of three newsletters.
NT & NU PPR Newsletter - May 2001Third of three newsletters.
Northwest Territories government PPR websiteGovernment website that may contain additional news and information.
Understanding your Lien Check Search Result ReportA two-page description to help you better understand your Lien Check search result report.

People registering or searching in the Personal Property Registry may also have need to access one of the following other property-related registries.

General Description of the Registry

Registry Link (opens in a new tab)

Land Registry descriptionNorthwest Territories Land Titles Office
Motor Vehicle Registry descriptionNorthwest Territories Department of Motor Vehicles
Corporate Registry descriptionNorthwest Territories Corporate Registries


Land Registry description

Real property registries are provincial and territorial systems with names like Land Registry, Land Registration System, Land Title System, and Registry of Deeds.  These systems record the current and past owners of the land, including transfers of ownership.  These systems also record interests in land such as mortgages and judgments.

There are personal property security interests which must be registered in both the land registry and the Personal Property Registry, for example: crops and fixtures (such as structures temporarily attached to land).

Unlike the land registry, PPRS does not provide definitive information about the ownership of property.  A “security interest” is not the same as ownership.


Motor Vehicle Registry description

Motor vehicle registries are provincial and territorial systems that record vehicle ownership and operator licensing information.

Motor vehicle registries are very important tools for determining where in Canada a vehicle is located (registered).  When a debtor or collateral move from one jurisdiction to another, it may be necessary for an additional PPRS registration to be created in the new jurisdiction.

Unlike motor vehicle registries, Personal Property Registries do not define the ownership of the motor vehicle.  A “security interest” is not the same as ownership.  For example, the person (debtor) listed in the registration may have been a co-signor on a loan or may have already sold the vehicle.

In the United States, motor vehicle registries also record liens as part of a vehicle “title”.  As a result, some people from the USA will approach the motor vehicle registry instead of the Personal Property Registry for information about security interests.  This is not applicable in Canada.


Corporate Registry description

Corporate registries are provincial and territorial systems that record the legal name and key pertinent information for corporate entities.  Registries may also include other entities such as registered partnerships, associations, syndicates and joint ventures.

Accurate names are very important in PPRS.  When a debtor or secured party is a corporation, the corporate registry is a definitive source for an accurate name.

In some jurisdictions around the world, the corporate or company registry is also a place to record “charges” against a company’s assets. This is not applicable in Canada.  Instead, if pertaining to personal property, such “charges” would be registered as security interests in the Personal Property Registry.



Take a look at the statistics for PPRS, including:

  • active registrations on the stated date
  • registration and search transaction volumes
  • number of registrations by collateral type
  • percentage of new registrations containing at least one of the listed registration elements

The fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st.